FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I become a travel agent / advisor?

Are you a frequent explorer who enjoys assisting other people? If so, learning how to become a travel agent might be worth more than any other journey you've ever undertaken. Imagine having a career that involves learning about new travel destinations firsthand and recommending ways for other travelers to experience them. With travel agent training, you can begin establishing a professional life that gives you fresh opportunities to explore the world while helping others do the same.

After all, the travel industry is huge. In 2018 alone, domestic and international travelers within the U.S. directly spent about $947 billion on travel. Nearly $651 billion of that spending was for leisure travel. And just over $296 billion of it was for business travel. Plus, even though the Internet has become a major source of travel deals, many people still seek the services of professionals when planning and booking their vacations or business trips. So, a lot of travel agencies continue to prosper.

That means you can benefit from the travel and tourism industry's ongoing success, both in America and around the world. Travel agents often receive discounts or upgrades when taking trips. And every new day offers the opportunity to share in the delight of excited and appreciative clients, both before and after their own journeys.

  • What is a travel agent / advisor, and what do they do?

In simple terms, a travel agent / advisor is someone who provides professional assistance with planning and making travel arrangements. A travel agent's clients can include individual travelers as well as groups of travelers. Plus, a travel agent generally offers a much more personalized level of service—and a broader range of trip-planning services—than what you can get through discount travel websites.

Travel agents help people plan, book, and arrange various kinds of trips to locations far from home. They use their special knowledge of travel destinations, transportation options, and accommodations to help turn their clients' wishes into successful and satisfying getaways. On any given day, a travel agent might:

Gather information about a client's budget, timing, and preferences
Offer recommendations about particular destinations and travel packages
Research rates and availability for lodging and transportation
Book air travel, hotels, and car rentals through a computerized reservation system
Book cruise packages or rail tickets
Sell and make reservations for destination-specific activities, tours, and excursions
Plan and organize trip itineraries
Provide advice about destination-specific weather and cultural practices
Provide details about visas, passports, or other necessary travel documents
Provide information about any necessary or recommended vaccinations
Visit a destination to evaluate its resorts, hotels, restaurants, and attractions
Many travel agents specialize in serving a particular type of clientele. For example, leisure travel agents serve clients who want to book vacations. Within that broad market, travel agents might further specialize in serving specific types of leisure travelers such as adventure seekers, families, couples, singles, vegetarians, or seniors.

  • Is a travel agent the same as a travel advisor, travel planner, travel counselor, and a travel consultant?

Yes, they are all the same. ASTA - American Society of Travel Advisors announced in 2019, the industry should use the new name "Travel Advisor" moving forward.

  • How does Travel Agent Campus come into the picture?

We are the training portion of the travel industry. You will need professional travel industry training and certification to get started. Most travel agencies or companies will not work with you unless you have been professionally trained or certified. You will need the proper accreditation and credentials from ARC, IATA, CLIA  in order to sell travel. Travel Agent Campus will set you up with a host / support travel agency in order to conduct your travel business through. Our host / support travel agency TPI - Travel Planners International, has the accreditation and credentials you will need.

  • What is the process from beginning to end?

If you are new to the industry, this is how it works.

  1. We help you every step of the way to become a travel agent / advisor.
  2. Decide on the Course or Certification you want to take.
  3. Purchase Your Training Course / Certification
  4. You will learn it and do it all at home. Self-Paced blended online learning with textbooks
  5. Receive Registration Login email to take the training with Travel Agent Campus
  6. Do Your Training. Average 3 to 10 Days To Finish. Instructors are available 24/7 if you need them.
  7. Complete Your Training and Receive your Travel Agent / Advisor Certification by email.
  8. Join The Host / Support Travel Agency TPI - VOTED #1 HOST AGENCY by ASTA - 30+ Years In Business
  9. Pay Your Setup Fee and Subscribe Monthly (from $20 per month for support & 24/7 agent portal)
  10. YOUR NAME HERE - An Independent Certified Travel Agent / Advisor of TPI
  11. 24 Hours later - Your Home-Based Travel Agency opens for business.
  12. You are granted 24/7 Access to your Web-Based Travel Agent Only Portal to do Travel Reservations*.
  13. Sell Travel and Earn Commissions.
  14. Make as much Money as you want.
  15. Enjoy The Travel Benefits & Discounts

Call, Live Chat 24/7 or Email us for any questions. We are here to support you.

If you are an Experienced Travel Agent: Call 888-376-9861

  • Do you have a host / support travel agency that can help me get set up? What do they give me?

Yes, TPI - Travel Planners International is our host / support travel agency. We have been working with them for over 30 years assisting our trained agents to become successful agents throughout the United States. Currently, over 4000+ agents strong just like yourself.

They are experts at training and supporting travel agents that are either new to the industry or experienced independent travel agents. They provide agents ongoing educational opportunities, marketing, advertising, lead generation, negotiation power, time saving software and optional interactive travel website to promote your travel business. With their extensive knowledge and experience of the travel industry, they are able to provide their agents the absolute best tools to succeed. Their experienced staff are passionate about assisting fellow travel agents with all of their needs to become a professional travel agent.

PLUS; you get 24/7 access to our exclusive TPI agent portal for access (Airlines, Cruises, Hotels, Resorts, Tour Operators, Vacation Providers) to everything a travel agent needs. Ongoing educational opportunities from TPI and industry suppliers via onsite and via Live Stream. Marketing tools and support via your website and from TPI staff. Advertising in the form of email blasts, direct mail, and social media posts. Consumer Connect listing so consumers can find you. Access to TPI agent only Facebook discussion group. Pay per lead access at a reduced price. Negotiation power and higher commissions with Ensemble Travel Group. Back office accounting software to keep track of your clients and your commissions. Errors & Omissions Insurance. Available website packages with an integrated booking engine. Available 24/7 help desk for you and your clients.

  • How long does it take to complete the training/certification?

Most individuals finish their training within 3 to 10 days. There are courses that can be finished in 3 to 5 days. Certifications can be completed within 7 to 10 days. You do have up to 90 days to complete your entire training if needed.

  • Why choose a certification over just taking a basic travel agent/advisor course?

If you are doing this as a hobby and want to book just family and friends then taking the basic travel agent/advisor course is fine, but if you want to be more professional and desire to sell to the public then its highly advisable to take one of the certifications instead. Plus, the certifications provide much more in-depth training, recognition in the industry, and the public, designations that you can put on your business card and email footer after your name, and especially if you want to start a full-fledged travel agency business. It is documented in the industry that certified travel professionals earn more and are trusted more.

  • Which course or certification should I take?

The course or certification you should take is based upon your wants and your goals.

Travel Advisor Course

  • Average Complete Time: 3 to 5 Days
  • Book your own personal travel
  • Travel discount benefits
  • Sell travel just to family/friends
  • Qualifies you to work with a host/support travel agency

 

TAC™ - Travel Advisor Certification

  • Average Complete Time: 7 to 10 Days
  • Book your own personal travel
  • Travel discount benefits
  • Sell travel to family/friends
  • Sell travel to the public
  • Designation letters (TAC™) that you can place after your name
  • Qualifies as a prerequisite for the CTS™ - Certified Travel Specialist designation
  • Qualifies you to work with a host/support travel agency

 

TACcs™ - Travel Advisor Certification W/ CCS™ - Certified Cruise Specialist

  • Average Complete Time: 7 to 10 Days
  • Book your own personal travel
  • Travel discount benefits
  • Sell travel to family/friends
  • Sell travel to the public
  • Sell cruises to the public
  • Designation letters (TACcs™) that you can place after your name
  • Designation letters (CCS™) that you can place after your name
  • Qualifies as a prerequisite for the CTS™ - Certified Travel Specialist designation
  • Qualifies you to work with a host/support travel agency

 

TACct™ - Travel Advisor Certification W/ TACt™

  • Average Complete Time: 7 to 10 Days
  • Book your own personal travel
  • Travel discount benefits
  • Sell travel to family/friends
  • Sell travel to the public
  • Professional Travel Advisor status
  • Includes: TACt™ -Travel Advisor Competency Test
  • TACt™ indicates to the public/travel industry you have met a higher competency standard
  • Designation letters (TACct™) that you can place after your name
  • Qualifies as a prerequisite for the CTS™ - Certified Travel Specialist designation
  • Qualifies you to work with a host/support travel agency

 

TACct/cs™ - Travel Advisor Certification W/ TACt™ & CCS™ – Certified Cruise SpecialistT

  • Average Complete Time: 7 to 10 Days
  • Book your own personal travel
  • Travel discount benefits
  • Book family/friends travel
  • Sell travel to the public
  • Sell cruises to the public
  • Best of the best Professional Travel Advisor status
  • Includes: TACt™ -Travel Advisor Competency Test
  • TACt™ indicates to the public/travel industry you have met a higher competency standard
  • Designation letters (TACct™) that you can place after your name
  • Designation letters (TACcs™) that you can place after your name
  • Designation letters (CCS™) that you can place after your name
  • Qualifies as a prerequisite for the CTS™ - Certified Travel Specialist designation
  • Qualifies you to work with a host/support travel agency

 

CCS™ – Certified Cruise Specialist

  • Average Complete Time: 3 to 5 Days
  • Book your own personal cruise travel
  • Cruise Travel discount benefits
  • Sell cruise travel to family/friends
  • Sell cruises to the public
  • Designation letters (CCS™) that you can place after your name
  • Qualifies as a prerequisite for the CTS™ - Certified Travel Specialist designation
  • Qualifies you to work with a host/support travel agency

 

  • Are the textbook(s) included, and are they paperback or electronic?

Textbook(s) are required and must be purchased separately ($99 to $198) and shipped from us directly. Textbook(s) are paperback.

  • How is the training delivered to me?

Online and self-paced, blended training with paperback textbook(s). Textbooks ($99 to $198) and shipping are additional. If on a payment plan textbooks are sent on an as-need basis.

  • How difficult is the training?

The course is based on a high school 10th grade level.

  • Will these courses / certifications give me the credentials to get a job with a host/support travel agency or a regular travel agency?

Yes. We have been providing training courses and certifications for over 30 years. Graduates are working all over the world. Our curriculum is based on the travel industry standard.

  • How do I enroll in a training course/certification and purchase?

Go to Course & Certifications. Then purchase your course / certification.

  • How much does it cost for the recommended TAC™ - TRAVEL ADVISOR CERTIFICATION?

5 Monthly Payments Of $105.83. First payment of - $204.83 (which includes books plus shipping)

OR

Pay In Full For Only $595. You SAVE over $100 (compared to the payment plan) (plus books and shipping)

PLEASE NOTE: Other less expensive course(s) and more advanced certifications are available.

  • What information is required to enroll?

To enroll, the system will ask for your full name, email address, billing address, mailing address, phone, and which training you desire and payment information.

  • What information will I receive once I enroll?

You will receive an email from us including your paid invoice with a downloadable welcome email for access to our LMS - learning management system (Adobe Captivate Prime) where you will find your login credentials and training information. Your book(s) will be mailed based upon your selection at checkout.

  • Is your payment website secure?

Yes. HTTPS Secure.

  • Can I pay by check?

Yes, we have an eCheck option at check out. Please keep in mind that eChecks can take 3 to 5 days to get processed before we send your welcome email and book(s).

  • How will the charge appear on my credit card statement?

The charge will show "Travel Agent" or “Travel Campus”.

  • Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, In-house no credit check 6 month plans are available, plus PayPal Credit with 6 months same as cash.

  • If I elect a payment plan, can I pay off early?

Yes, and with no penalty, In-house no credit check 6 month plans are available, plus PayPal Credit with 6 months same as cash.

  • If I elect a payment plan, when do i get my certificate of completion?

As soon as you are paid in full. You do have the option to pay off your balance early without penalty. In-house no credit check 6 month plans are available, plus PayPal Credit with 6 months same as cash.

  • Do you sell my personal information to third parties?

No. Please visit our Privacy Policy.

  • How long should it take me to complete the training?

Since the training is self-paced, it is all up to you on how long it will take (90 days max allowed). We have seen learners finish in 2 - 3 days with our most basic course. Usually 7 to 10 days for certifications.

  • Are textbook(s) or the training in a language other than English?

No. But we do have staff that speaks many languages.

  • Are quizzes/tests/exams required?

Yes, they are required to ensure your competency with the material. Passing a quiz is required to move onto other quizzes or chapters.

  • Are all of the tests online?

Yes. All individual chapter quizzes and the final exam(s) are online.

  • What determines passing grades?

80% or greater indicates competency in the subject matter.

  • Can I retake chapter quizzes?

Yes, as many times as needed. The questions will be different for each retake.

  • How many tests do I have to take?

There are typically one per module/chapter quiz and one final exam for each textbook.

  • What is on the final exam?

There are questions taken at random from the individual chapter quizzes.

  • Can I retake the final exam?

Yes, as many times as needed. The questions will be different for each retake.

  • What if I am not satisfied with the training course, can I get a refund?

Yes, the terms and conditions state that you are eligible for a refund minus the retail cost of the books and shipping as long as you provide Travel Agent Campus with a cancellation notice within 3 days of purchase/registration/enrollment.

  • Do I receive a certificate of completion for taking the travel training?

Yes. But keep in mind the training program was developed for host / support travel agency / retail travel agency placement and it fulfills their entry requirements. Some host travel agencies / retail agencies may require other training.

  • Does this training guarantee me a job or success within the travel industry or operating my own home-based travel agency?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee success. However, the training will better prepare you for the challenges involved in starting your career and operating a home-based travel agency as there are inherent risks in doing so.

  • If I pay in full do I get a discount?

Yes. Compared to our payment plans you will save an additional $100.

  • Where do I go if I don't have any experience in the travel industry?

Travel School, Travel Agent Campus. To get started with your training click here.

  • Where do I go if I have experience in the travel industry?

Call 888-376-9861

  • Can I just do this for discounts on my own travel?

Yes, you can do as little as you want or as much as you want.

  • Can I just do this to book my family and friends travel?

Yes, we encourage you to help out your family and friends. You can do as little as you want or as much as you want.

  • How much traveling am I allowed to do?

Unlimited flights, vacations, cruises and trips to wherever you desire.

  • What's the average travel booking and how much do I make?

The average sale of a travel booking for a family of 4 is $3800. The average commission on that booking is 16%. That's $608.00 in commission and you get up to 90% of the $608.00. That's a whopping $547.20 for you.

  • If I do a group booking can I go on a cruise/tour for free?

Yes, but your group has to be large enough. You may need to book at least 6 to 10 cabins / rooms.

  • How much money do travel agents make?

We have agents make anywhere from $0 to $100,000+. Keep in mind some agents are doing this as a hobby and for the travel benefits, that's where the "$0" comes in to play. Some agents are very serious and dedicated to making lots of money, that's where the $100,000+ comes into play. So it really depends. Don't forget to add in the travel benefits. Those travel benefits are worth alot of money in itself and is not calculated in the total wages. Google says: According a BLS report released in 2018, percentile wage estimates for this occupation: from 10% -$22,370, 25% - $28,730, 50% - $38,700, 75% - $51,950, 90% - $66,080.

  • How do I get paid/compensated?

Home-based agents work on commissions. You will be paid twice per month by the host/support travel agency using direct deposit or by paper check.

  • Can I do everything on my laptop or tablet?

Yes, but its best viewed on a desktop.

  • How do I get started or signup?

To get started with your training Click Here.

  • Is there someone I can talk to if I have questions about becoming a travel agent?

Yes. We are always available via Live Chat, Email and a Phone call away. 1-888-376-9861

  • Is there an instructor or someone I can talk to if i need assistance during my training?

Yes. We are always available (24/7) via Live Chat, Email and a Phone call away. 1-888-376-9861

 

 

FAQs - For TPI - Travel Planners International host / support travel agency

  • What does TPI Host/Support Travel Agency do?

They are experts at training and supporting travel agents that are either new to the industry or experienced independent travel agents. They provide agents ongoing educational opportunities, marketing, advertising, lead generation, negotiation power, time saving software and optional interactive travel website to promote your travel business. With their extensive knowledge and experience of the travel industry, they are able to provide their agents the absolute best tools to succeed. Their experienced staff are passionate about assisting fellow travel agents with all of their needs to become a professional travel agent.

  • What do I get when I join the Host / Support Travel Agency TPI - Travel Planners International?

  1. A hefty 70% commission on your travel reservations. 80% & 90% are available.
  2. 24/7 Access to your Web-Based Travel Agent Only Portal to do Travel Reservations for airlines, car rentals, hotels /resorts, vacation packages, and cruises.
  3. Ongoing Facebook Live / Live Stream training.
  4. Marketing / Promotional support.
  5. Social Media support.
  6. How-to-training-videos.
  7. Back office accounting support.
  8. Mentoring and coaching from dedicated travel professionals.
  9. TRAVEL DISCOUNTS AND BENEFITS
    *membership and signup fees apply
  • How much is it to get started?

From $20 per month for full travel agent access. Please visit Travel Planners International for complete details. Other fees may apply.

  • What do I get for the monthly fee of $20, $30 and $40?

For $20 you get 70% of the commission received from your travel sales.
For $30 you get 80% of the commission received from your travel sales.
For $40 you get 90% of the commission received from your travel sales.

PLUS; you get 24/7 access to our exclusive TPI agent portal for access (Airlines, Cruises, Hotels, Resorts, Tour Operators, Vacation Providers) to everything a travel agent needs. Ongoing educational opportunities from TPI and industry suppliers via onsite and via Live Stream. Marketing tools and support via your website and from TPI staff. Advertising in the form of email blasts, direct mail, and social media posts. Consumer Connect listing so consumers can find you. Access to TPI agent only Facebook discussion group. Pay per lead access at a reduced price. Negotiation power and higher commissions with Ensemble Travel Group. Back office accounting software to keep track of your clients and your commissions. Errors & Omissions Insurance. Available website packages with an integrated booking engine. Available 24/7 help desk for you and your clients.

  • Are the monthly membership fees with the host/support travel agency included in the training cost?

No. We are separate companies. Membership fees are only $20 to $40 per month with the host/support agency.

  • Do you provide me an internet-based travel agent portal to make reservations for my clients?

Yes. You will get 24/7 access to our exclusive TPI agent portal for access (Airlines, Cruises, Hotels, Resorts, Tour Operators, Vacation Providers) to everything a travel agent needs right on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.

  • Will the consumer facing website I get allow for consumers to book travel on it?

Yes, these are called booking engines. Most website packages come with the ability to add different types of booking engines (Air, Car, Hotel, Cruise, All-Inclusives, etc)

  • Can I become a travel agent and go on my own, and how much would it cost?

Yes, but the real question is why would you? No one to help you. You will have to set up contracts with all the suppliers. You will have to pay for your own registrations in the states that require it. You will have to have you own errors and omissions insurance. You will have to have your own liability insurance and a bond. You will have to wait two years to be able to ticket airline tickets. You will have to start out with the lowest commissions with suppliers. Most will start you at 5%. We have negotiated up to 20% with certain suppliers. You will have to figure out your own marketing and advertising. I think you get the point. To get your own agency started it would cost at least $25,000.00 plus $3,500.00 annually.

  • Are their long term contracts?

No, we only ask that you give a proper 30-day notice if you decide to stop.

  • Are there any quotas I need to fulfill?

No, you can do as little as you want or as much as you want.

  • How much commission can I earn on each booking I make?

Up to 90%. But we have programs from 70% to 90%.

  • How long has TPI been in business?

30+ years.

  • What is my relationship with TPI?

You are your own boss, an independent travel agent that sets their own schedule and runs their own business. You utilize us for support services and for access to the travel reservation systems.

  • Does TPI help me get trained?

Yes, we work with Travel Agent Campus. They will teach you everything you need to know to get started. After you are trained we do offer ongoing training. Most of which is free.

  • Does TPI help me with the latest marketing and advertising methods?

Yes, we have many tools to help you market and advertise your travel agency.

  • Does TPI help me with client leads?

Yes, we have many programs that are available to you. There are free programs to generate leads to pay per lead programs.

  • How will customers find me once I'm set up with the host/support travel agency?

There are multiple ways. Firstly, you will be placed on the travel agent directory (Consumer Connect) on the host's many websites. You will be found through the host's social media presence. If you opt for the consumer-facing website then you will be found through organic internet searches on Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others. You will also be found through advertising in the form of email blasts, direct mail, and social media posts.

  • Is there someone at TPI to help when I have questions?

Yes, we are just a chat, email, or phone call away. We also have a dedicated team to work with you for your entire first year.

  • Does TPI help me with client management?

Yes, we have software and apps to help you manage your business.

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